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Workplace Injuries Archives

New report reveals rates of injury for many industries

A recently released report has revealed state-level and industry-based workplace injury rates across the nation. This study used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to get a clearer picture of what workers are exposed to and where, helping to determine what sort of injuries are occurring in which types of work. For instance, repetitive stress injuries can be caused in a number of circumstances, some leading to conditions like degenerative back disorder. Individuals with conditions like this often have to seek disability benefits because they can no longer work. This is particularly unfortunate when one realizes that such injuries often happen on the job.

Employer terminates new hires for "preventable" injuries

Questionable employment policies were recently highlighted in a ruling made by a workers' compensation board, which was affirmed in an appeals court after the employer requested that the decision be revisited. According to the case, probationary policies for new employees may be considered discriminatory as well as anti-worker if they include provisions that allow the company to terminate a new employee's position after suffering a "preventable" workplace injury.

Sleepless nights could mean more risk at work

Have you ever gone to work after having a long, sleepless night? Many people have and if your employer is the cause for your lack of sleep by working you in shifts that give you minimal time to rest, the company could be liable for any injuries that you suffer while working. According to researchers, a poor night of sleep can translate to an increased risk of an on-the-job accident, leaving a worker susceptible to a head, back or brain injury, in addition to any other type of workplace injury.

OSHA says fatal accident could have been prevented

The dangers of the workplace are often forgotten by employees, perhaps due to the repetitiveness or stagnancy of many jobs. The normal rundown of a job becomes second nature for many employees in Florida and because of this, safety is taken for granted by both employees and employers. Sadly, this can lead to devastating workplace injuries. For instance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that a worker who died on the job could have been saved if the employer simply followed the requirements for maintenance and operation provided by the manufacturer.

Delivery turns into injuries for truck driver

Truck drivers in Florida may want to take note of a recent case involving the injuries a driver sustained when opening his haul for delivery. According to reports, a driver for Black Horse Carriers Inc. picked up a trailer and delivered it to a retail location for the same company that was located in a different state. Upon opening the trailer, the man was struck with several boxes as they fell from the trailer. He sustained a workplace head injury and a workplace back injury as well as many others.

The dangers of labor

Industrial workers in Orange, Florida, know the dangers of their jobs. Massive equipment, large amounts of machine-powered pressure, repetitive motions, and heavy loads -- it all adds up to a heightened potential for workplace injuries. Many factors can contribute to the likelihood for injury, including an aging and disgruntled workforce. Despite these factors, some injuries occur without warning and without regard to statistics regarding age and job satisfaction. One such incident recently occurred and it took the life of a 16-year-old.

Watch Out For Social Security Reductions Following Workers' Comp Settlements

Settling a workers' compensation case as a Claimant who is receiving or who is expected to receive Social Security Disability Benefits requires careful consideration of the rules utilized by the Social Security Administration regarding workers' compensation offsets. This Post addresses the law with respect to social security offsets from the social security prospective and some practical suggestions to avoid problems.

Mining fatalities at lowest rate ever, according to report

Data regarding the mining industry was recently released by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. According to the report, 2012 was one of the safest years for miners working in the U.S. Detailed numbers indicated that there were 36 fatalities in the mining industry with two happening in Florida. Other states that saw fatalities due to workplace injuries included Montana with two, New York and Alabama with three a piece, Kentucky with five and West Virginia with seven.

Was NFL player's injury not addressed properly?

The National Football League is a place where many employees are regularly exposed to circumstances that hold serious potential for injury. Unlike regular workplace injuries that happen in Florida, many of these injuries happen in front of an audience, either in person or on television. Most of the injuries in the NFL are never second-guessed, but the injury that occurred to the star running back of the Jacksonville Jaguars has left a lot of questions.

Workplace injuries happen; be prepared in case it's you

Despite government regulations and efforts by employers to increase safety in the workplace, many employees still find themselves hurt while on the job. A complete elimination of workplace injuries is likely impossible. This is why workers in Florida should be prepared in case it happens to them.

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